Losing a loved one is stressful. Many families getting rid of their loved one’s belongings find it extremely stressful since they are still mourning. The whole process can be quite overwhelming. The LA Times stated in a 2014 article that the average person owns around 300,000 different items. If your loved one was a collector or liked to hang on to things, you will likely have more items.
Hiring an estate sales company can help you with stress because they do all the work. All you need to do is remove the items you and your family want to keep. The company will sort, arrange the sale, and donate any remaining items.
Before you call the estate sales company, do not get rid of anything. There may be items that are worth something that you don’t realize. An estate sales professional will help you get the most out of your sale because they know the market and what items sell. They also know how to conduct the appropriate research.
A Better Solution Estate Sales outlines the estate sales procedures. To begin the process of estate liquidation, you will have a consultation with the estate sales company. The company will review all items, sort what can be sold, and help you understand the process. Next, they will begin staging the home for the sale, which is a very crucial step to having a successful sale.
The company will use advertising to drive traffic to your sale through email, social media, newspaper, and signs. They have regular contacts that attend these sales.
All of this preparation takes anywhere from 5-10 days. The estate sale usually lasts three days. Some companies may recommend online auctions for some items.
During your sale, the estate sale staff offer customer service to shoppers, facilitate transactions, and provide security. Another advantage of using an estate sales company is that most accept credit cards, which increases the number of sales.
If you want to go to the sale, you can go, but most estate sales companies recommend you should not attend because of the emotional attachment.
After the sale, the company will put together a written statement outlining items sold. You will then receive your check for the proceeds of the sale. You should receive payment within 2-3 days after the sale.
For the remaining items, the company can donate to a local charity of your choice.
Just like any other service, the prices vary between companies. Some charge for the initial evaluation while others do not. Commission for these sales averages 35-40 percent of the sale proceeds. For homes with extreme clutter, the prices may be higher. Some companies may charge for the cleaning up of remaining items. Be sure to know all the fees for services before you sign a contract.
Ask your family attorney or friends who have recently conducted these sales for recommendations. Online reviews can also be helpful. Be sure the reviewer used the service and wasn’t just a shopper.
You can also search the Los Angeles County Better Business Bureau for BBB-accredited businesses. When you are searching, look for a company that has either the American Society of Appraisers or International Society of Appraisers Certification. You will want to interview multiple businesses.
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